19 – The Church defended the Faith with walls; but now we need to build bridges. Gone are the days of excluding atheists, unmarried, socialists…

Moved by the divine command to evangelize all nations and baptize all in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Holy Mother Church has never spared efforts to overcome all boundaries in order to proclaim the Good News to all peoples without exception. Yet, ever since apostolic times, every missionary has also been obliged to combine daring with prudence, so as not to let himself be contaminated – through his own weakness – by those who reject the Redeemer’s universal call to conversion.
However, in our days, the growing loss of identity among Catholics sometimes leads people to think that the evanelizer should simply recognize miscellaneous creeds — amongst which ours would be just one more — without any special care to preserve one’s own faith or good customs.
Throughout the centuries, the successors of Saint Peter have not omitted to leave clear directives of how apostolic courage should be allied to vigilance. Bringing these teachings to mind now, with the intention of clarifying concepts, is particularly opportune — for they give due value to the true Faith, the only one that leads to eternal life.

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

Enter in the various parts of our study

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Sacred Scripture

If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away
Jesus Christ orders that all nations be made disciples and taught to observe all His commandments
Saint Paul: purge the evil person from your midst
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine do not receive him

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

A dictatorship of relativism – we however have a different goal: the Son of God

Paul VI

The desire to come together as brothers must not lead to a watering down of truth
The Christian religion is the one and only true Religion - we cannot adopt an uncritical attitude toward other forms of religion
The basic propositions of atheism are utterly false and irreconcilable: we shall resist!
The Church evangelizes when she seeks to convert
Upsetting criteria which are in contrast with the Word of God, through the power of the Gospel

Leo XIII

To reject the supreme authority of God is the greatest perversion of liberty

Gregory XVI

Indifferentism: the base opinion that eternal salvation can be acquired by any profession of faith

Pius IX

We live in a corrupt atmosphere and must know how to preserve ourselves from it

John Paul II

The mission ad gentes is the normal outcome of Christian living

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  1. Since it rejects or denies the existence of God, atheism is a sin against the first commandment.
    —  Catechism of the Catholic Church

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